Breed of the Week: Flat Coated Retriever

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Breed of the Week: Flat Coated Retriever

Flat Coated Retriever


The Flat Coated Retriever stands at 22-24 inches and weighs approximately 55-70lbs.  Unlike other more common retrievers, this breed has a characteristically smooth skull with little to no stop or check definition giving them a more regal appearance.  Flat Coated Retrievers have a have a solid black or liver coat that lies smoothly against the body with feathering at the legs and tail.


A highly affectionate and friendly breed, the Flat Coated Retriever is outgoing, friendly and active.  A great hunting and family companion, this breed should be highly adaptable and engaging. As a true retriever, they do best with adequate exercise so are most commonly found in suburban and rural areas.

Health Concerns:

Like many medium sized dogs, the Flat Coated Retriever is prone to hip dysplasia, luxating patellas, and cancer.

Fun Facts:

  • Initially Golden Retrievers were shown as a type of Flat Coated Retriever until the breeds separated and began keeping their own stock books.
  • During both world wars, the numbers for Flat Coated Retrievers dwindled to dangerous levels and only through the efforts of dedicated breeders were they maintained and brought back.
  • Like many other retrievers, they excel at hunting and sporting events.